A second wave of African swine fever (ASF) is estimated to have killed as many as eight million pigs in China since the start of the year, derailing the country’s plans to rebuild its national herd.
- New variants of the pig-killing disease African swine fever have emerged in Asia
- Tens of millions of pigs were killed by the disease last year, creating a huge protein shortage
- China’s aim to rebuild its pig herd by the middle of the year now seem impossible, according to analysts
The first reported outbreak of the disease was in August 2018 and within a year it had spread to multiple countries and killed an estimated 25 per cent quarter of the world’s pig population.
Independent meat analyst Simon Quilty said the ASF variants that…